Worked in Corporate Consulting team, supporting their advice to the companies of some of the UK's largest pensions schemes.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I enjoyed it thoroughly, providing a great insight into a career as an actuary. My work was varied if not always regular, particularly in the first half of the internship. The people at Aon are all very intelligent and in general very welcoming and friendly. It was a valuable experience for my career as a whole.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
On a personal level, I felt pretty valued. However, I did feel like I could of been better utilised on a work level if people just felt able to sacrifice a small amount of time to explain tasks to me. People in general, understood I must be intelligent and able from the fact I had reached the internship.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
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4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
It was very varied, first two weeks, I had virtually nothing but in the last three weeks, I had fairly regular work. Part of the internship is a charity project with other interns which is ongoing throughout and this definitely helped to fill my time. I never felt like I didn't have spare capacity.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was never able to email or have contacts from clients directly and this was understandable. However, particularly towards the end I was producing work which was directly sent to/used for clients. I think, due to the nature of the work, all of this is to be expected but given, work is thoroughly checked before going out, I could have had a bit more.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
I think the work I learned has very little effect on my degree but will hugely impact my future time in the workplace and also my choice of career. I think the training was pretty good and I have developed quite a lot of professional skills, for example corporate standard Excel.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
Very relaxed but also focused, which was nice. People never really stayed later then 6 or were in before 8 and that is due to the efficiency of the people in the office. There is a friendly atmosphere with enjoyable, occasional office chit chat. The kind of place anyone would want to work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
It was clear from day one, huge amounts of capital were invested into the internship. There is great support from the Early Careers team, a week of training, all expenses paid, and other activities along the way, it would be pretty hard to improve it, if I'm being honest. All the pre internship organisation was pretty seamless also.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
I think the compnay is clearly devoted to getting the best talent and retaining it. I think the training week, although probably too much time was spent on the non-technical side, was excellent and set a great precedent for the internship. I think the training in the grad role, including the sponsorship for exams is also great.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Working from home
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
Mixed, the office is quite senior, so often have children and families although there are a few younger members of the office willing to socialise. There was an office party which was fun. The social scene among the interns at Aon in general was good but often not accesible in the St Albans office.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
I couldn't truly comment as I lived at home and commute in. Hertfordshire in general though is nearly London prices.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
Absolutely atrocious, St Albans really doesn't have a nightlife at all, although London is just a short train rides away so it really isnt an issue. I wouldn't be put off by this, I don't think. There is one club, Batchwood, I haven't been and I don't intend to change that.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?